S.I. No. 179 of 2015


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S.I. No. 179 of 2015.

SOCIAL WELFARE (CONSOLIDATED CLAIMS, PAYMENTS AND CONTROL) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) (MEDICAL ASSESSOR AND MEDICAL CERTIFICATION) REGULATIONS 2015

EXPLANATORY NOTE

These Regulations make a number of amendments to the provisions of the Social Welfare (Consolidated Claims, Payments and Control) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 142 of 2007) relating to illness and disability payments in the light of sections 3 and 4 of the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015.

Section 3 of the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 provides for a new definition of the term "medical assessor" for the purposes of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 and for a number of consequential amendments to clarify the role of medical assessors in the social welfare decisions process. Article 3 of these Regulations, together with the associated Schedule, provide for a number of consequential amendments to the provisions of the Social Welfare (Consolidated Claims, Payments and Control) Regulations 2007 relating to disqualification for Illness Benefit, Partial Capacity Benefit, Invalidity Pension and Disability Allowance where a person fails without good cause to see an officer of the Minister and to answer any reasonable enquiries made by such an officer relating to his or her claim.

In addition to seeing and answering enquiries of an officer of the Minister, article 3 and the Schedule to these Regulations provide that a person will also be disqualified for receipt of Illness Benefit, Partial Capacity Benefit, Invalidity Pension and Disability Allowance where a person fails without good cause to see a medical assessor and to answer any reasonable enquiries made by a medical assessor relating to his or her claim.

Article 3 and the Schedule to these Regulations also align the relevant wording of the disqualifications for illness and disability payments where a person fails without good cause to attend for or submit himself or herself to any medical or other examination.

Section 4 of the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 clarifies two aspects of the legislative provisions that apply to the Carer's Benefit, Carer's Allowance and Respite Care Grant schemes relating to—

  1. the circumstances in which a person is to be considered as requiring fulltime care and attention for the purposes of qualifying for these schemes, and
  2. the determination of eligibility for these schemes by a deciding officer.

Section 4 of the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015, inter alia, deletes the regulatory powers enabling the Minister to prescribe the manner in which a registered medical practitioner is to certify the nature and extent of the disability of the person who requires full-time care and attention. As a consequence, article 4 of these Regulations revokes articles 55, 134, 140B and 170 of the 2007 Consolidated Claims, Payments and Control Regulations, which prescribe the manner for certification by a registered medical practitioner of the nature and extent of the person's disability for the purposes of the Carer's Benefit, Carer's Allowance, Domiciliary Care Allowance and Respite Care Grant schemes.

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